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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a wedding officiant during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The safest way to conduct a consultation during COVID-19 is virtually. Ask wedding officiants near you if they can have a phone call or a virtual appointment over video chat. If they can, make sure to ask them any questions you have about upcoming work. Discuss what precautions, if any, they have in place to ensure safety. You might consider asking if they accept digital payments or if they can complete the work remotely, without any in-person contact. 

Do wedding officiants offer remote or virtual services?

Reach out to wedding officiants in your area, and ask them if they can offer a remote or virtual ceremony. Some officiants may be willing to meet in person while maintaining 6 feet of distance, while others may prefer to conduct the entire service over the phone or a video call service such as Skype or Zoom.

Familiarize yourself with the social distancing rules in your community, city and state, and move forward only if both you and the officiant are comfortable with the arrangement. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for a wedding officiant?

Ask your wedding officiant if they accept digital payments. Many professionals are accept payment via Venmo, PayPal, Square Cash, Apple Pay, Zelle and other online platforms. Professionals may be more willing to switch to digital payments during the COVID-19 pandemic, as this is typically considered safer than using cash or credit cards. You can see which digital payment options officiants accept by reviewing their online profiles.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a wedding officiant when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a wedding officiant when social distancing, ask if the officiant can offer remote services. Some wedding officiants are choosing to conduct services virtually and/or stand more than 6 feet away from the parties. Discuss possible arrangements with your wedding officiant, and familiarize yourself with your local community guidelines, as well as the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing. Only move forward if you and the officiant both feel comfortable.

You may want to implement extra precautions, such as using digital payments instead of exchanging cash, sanitizing all involved spaces and waving instead of shaking hands. 

How can I find out if a wedding officiant is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

The definition of essential services varies by location, so you will need to visit your state or city government website to learn what is considered an essential service in your area.

For more information on a national level, read CISA’s publication on critical infrastructure workers. Some, but not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Does a wedding officiant need to enter my home?

This depends on the location of your wedding. Unless the ceremony is being held in your home, a wedding officiant will not need to enter your home before the ceremony. Some couples are choosing to stand outside or go to a vacant public place, so the officiant can conduct the ceremony while maintaining 6 feet of distance. Ask your wedding officiant what kinds of arrangements they offer, including virtual or remote services.

How much does it cost to officiate a wedding?

The national average cost to hire a wedding officiant is $150-$200. Wedding officiant rates are affected by the date of the ceremony, the time of day, and how far the officiant has to travel. Some officiants may charge extra for additional ceremonies like unity candles or sand ceremonies, as well as the cost of the supplies. Many wedding officiants have higher rates for larger weddings and lower rates for smaller, more intimate ceremonies. Personalizing the ceremony means a lot to some couples. Wedding officiants may have flat rates for standard ceremony templates, perhaps $100-$125, and charge more for a more customized experience, such as $150-$200. This allows the couple to collaborate with the wedding officiant as they are building a unique ceremony script. At the pre-wedding meeting, the officiant will ask whether the couple plans to write their own vows and how much input they have about the rest of the wording and flow of the ceremony. Additional planning meetings and extra communication can add up to a higher overall cost. If your venue has parking or other fees, you may need to pay on behalf of the officiant. Often wedding officiants can rent sound systems and wireless mics if you have an outdoor wedding location or venue that is not wired. These extras will also increase the overall cost.

What does it mean to officiate a wedding?

To officiate a wedding is to oversee the official union of two people in marriage. A wedding officiant is vested with the power to legitimize your union in the eyes of the court. An officiant also sets the tone for your ceremony, leading the couple through their vows and shaping the experience with the words they choose and the pace they set. An officiant may be based in a religious faith, may be an interfaith officiant, may be a secular officiant, or may be a friend or family member who has received ordination online.

You can have a traditional wedding officiated, or you can also have an officiant oversee a commitment ceremony, a vow renewal or an elopement. Once the wedding is complete, the officiant will ask you to sign the wedding certificate, and will then submit the document to the court on your behalf. This makes your marriage legal. Wedding officiants work with you no matter how simple or elaborate you would like your ceremony to be. The more involved wedding officiants are in the planning and customization of the ceremony, the more they will typically charge.

Who performs a wedding ceremony?

Anyone who is authorized by the court or a credible online source has the power to perform a wedding ceremony. Traditionally, wedding officiants were ordained members of a religious organization or civil officiants authorized by the court to legally marry two people. With the increasing customization and personalization of weddings, many couples are asking a friend or family member to become ordained and act as their wedding officiant. Wedding officiants can represent a wide range of backgrounds including Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, nondenominational, interfaith or nonreligious. There is no legally required structure for a wedding ceremony, so couples can customize the language of the ceremony and their vows in any way they desire (though members of some religions may have specific requirements). To legally validate the marriage, the couple and the wedding officiant must sign a marriage certificate after the ceremony verifying the date and names of those involved. The wedding officiant should then submit the certificate to the court, which will in turn mail an official marriage certificate to the newly married couple.

Reviews for Farmers Branch wedding officiants
Chrisford T.
The Wedding man is truly a great Person and a great officiant
The Wedding Man LLCThe Wedding Man LLC
Jeremy J.
Dr. Khannah Josueis a perfect wedding officiant! Somewhere to happened to me and my wife official wedding planning, which was gonna turn out to be cancelled and Dr Khannah, came up with a idea that save our wedding towards still workout out, (court house) a year or 2, I will definitely looking forward to contact her again to officiate myy ceremony. Thank you Dr. Khannah Josue.
Riverwalk Weddings/Dr. Khannah Josue & TeamRiverwalk Weddings/Dr. Khannah Josue & Team
Babagbemiga A.
He is a very wonderful pastor. He officiated my wedding and he did it so perfectly well.
Solace Ministries Int'l, Inc. & Music School.Solace Ministries Int'l, Inc. & Music School.
Genesareth B.
Michael did amazing at our wedding. He did our ceremony perfectly, it was bilingual and Christian. I would recommend him if anyone needs a wedding officiant :)
Michael DiazMichael Diaz
Carissa G.
Met with him to go over wedding plans. Super nice guy! Listened to every detail we want. Can't wait for him to officiate our wedding.
Anthony PenickAnthony Penick
Cameron S.
Our wedding officiant was absolutely amazing from the first time we contacted her about our wedding to our wedding day. She was very responsive and professional and such a pleasure to work with. Thank you!!
The Dotted LineThe Dotted Line
Marissa M.
Rachel did an amazing job! She did much more than just the roll of "the officiant". She supported me and didn't rush us even when we weren't on time ! We had a hot summer wedding in the middle of August and she officiated the wedding promptly without rushing us or making it obvious that we were off time ! Thank you so much Rachel! Amazing Job! I am beyond satisfied with our officiant 🤍
The Dotted LineThe Dotted Line
Benedict E.
Rob was a great officiant and a huge help on our wedding day. He made our ceremony very special and there was hardly a dry eye in the room!
Wedding Guy Rob: Wedding OfficiantWedding Guy Rob: Wedding Officiant
Yiwei H.
Tom was our wedding officiant, and he was great. We met several times before the wedding day and he gave us many good suggestions. We felt very comfortable while working with him. Tom is the one that you need for your wedding!
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Thumbtack Customer
An amazing wedding officiant! We had our wedding ceremony in his home and it completely met our expectations! He made sure to get to know us, so the wedding script seemed as he knew is for years. We felt comfortable with him-especially since we are from out of state. We really appreciate having Dr. Black as our officiant! I would definitely recommend him to others as well as maybe come back for our renewal in 10 years! LOL
Lone Star Chaplain ServiceLone Star Chaplain Service
Jaw-waad J.
Rachel was wonderful even before the wedding day. Very professional and responsive, understanding which kept me stress free. I would Highly recommend her to anyone in need of a officiant.
The Dotted LineThe Dotted Line
Elizabeth M.
Michelle was an excellent officiant for our outdoor elopement. She arrived ahead of time and made the process of choosing our vows so easy as she had many examples to choose from. She has a warm and bubbly personality that made our ceremony fun and lively. I would recommend her for any of your wedding officiant needs.
Make It All Legal Notary and Wedding OfficiantMake It All Legal Notary and Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Dr. Black did an outstanding job officiating our wedding. He listened to our ideas, offered helpful suggestions and is a very responsive communicator. Would definitely recommend! Thank you Dr. Black!
Lone Star Chaplain ServiceLone Star Chaplain Service
Alex K.
We weren't asking for much in the way of a wedding, ideally a party of 3 enjoying a serene moment together to make official what my (now) wife and I have looked forward to for some time. Rev Kev turned our minimalism into beauty, our simplicity into memorable, and our heart's truth into something official. Folks, it doesn't get any better, thoughtful, or personable than this fine man here. I know that before us Rev Kev mentioned only getting into the officiant business as a means to serve friends and preside over their "I do's". Now with our wedding date in the past, I hope he can continue to say the same.
Rev Kev's Officiant Services.Rev Kev's Officiant Services.
Thumbtack Customer
Leslie was the most amazing wedding officiant (Rabbi) I could have ever imagined. She performed the entire service outside in the freezing cold and did not complain once. She attended the rehearsal and guided my wife and I every step of the way. Every guest in attendance raved about how well she explained every prayer, item, and step of the Jewish Wedding that most of them had never experienced before. I will absolutely refer anyone who is having a wedding and in need of a Rabbi to officiate to her. I wouldn't use anyone else! She was better than I could have ever dreamed!
Leslie MorganLeslie Morgan
Thumbtack Customer
My fiancé and I reached out to Pastor Tom when we found ourselves in need of a wedding officiant. We met with him in person and found him to be incredibly personable, genuine, and excited about getting to know us and our relationship. While we decided to work with a family friend who we recently discovered performs weddings, I would fully recommend Tom for your wedding. He clearly has a passion for weddings and serving others & the Lord, and it shows!
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Jessica S.
Erika was fantastic! Our wedding was short notice and she had no issues with that, told us exactly how everything would go, was very responsive and has a great personality. I would recommend her to anyone needing an officiant!
Erika Arneson Wedding officiantErika Arneson Wedding officiant
Sierra C.
Where do we begin?! We hired Pastor Emmanuel and Demaris to officiate our wedding and completed their 3 month martial counseling. They were amazing! They became family as well. Their counseling was top notch! It's very rare to have a couple counsel you and we are so glad they did. Our wedding ceremony was everything! He did a fantastic job officiating! He also has great Sunday service as well. I will continue to visit them for church, counseling, and etc. They are more than just typical, they're outstanding individuals. Thank y'all again! Please book them you will not be disappointed.
Solace Ministries Int'l, Inc. & Music School.Solace Ministries Int'l, Inc. & Music School.
Oline C.
We hired Marianna through thumbtack not knowing what to expect, but we were definitely surprised by how great she was from the very beginning of contacting her. She was very professional and responded to every one of my questions and ideas about officiating the wedding very quickly and we knew we found a perfect officiant. She was early to our ceremony and had the time to go over last minute details with the groom. She officiated the ceremony flawlessly in both English and Spanish for our guests and it was just lovely. We would very much recommend Marianna to anyone! Thank you!
Marriage by Marianna and SofiaMarriage by Marianna and Sofia
Elizabeth J.
Kristyn was absolutely amazing! She officiated our wedding and we couldn't be happier! She is super sweet and an amazing officiant. We are pretty laid back and when we met her, we got to know each other. We asked her to write our vows for us as simple as possible and she nailed it on the first try, we didnt make any revisions! She was so personable, punctual, and professional. She made our ceremony so special and unforgettable!
One World Ceremonies and MoreOne World Ceremonies and More
Aaron L.
Anthony was AMAZING. He sent us his program notes and allowed us to change them based on our specific preferences. And then on the day of the wedding he did so well. Incredibly punctual, very professional. He led an amazing ceremony and made everything flow so naturally. He truly made our day special. If you are looking for an officiant to lead your wedding, THIS IS YOUR GUY.
Anthony PenickAnthony Penick
Alma F.
Anthony did a fantastic job at our wedding on Saturday May 4, 2019!! Our guests asked us how we knew him since he seemed like a friend or someone we have known for awhile. The ceremony captured exactly what we wanted. We highly recommend him for anyone looking for an officiant for their ceremony. On the day of the wedding he was texting and keeping in touch. As a bride, it was very reassuring.
Anthony PenickAnthony Penick
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Suzi did an amazing job. She was professional and on time. We were running late and when we arrived, she was the sweetest and most understanding. My husband, who planned the entire wedding,my only job was the officiant, was nervous. He said once he spoke with her, he was completely relaxed. She stayed in contact with us throughout the processs.The vows she wrote for us were perfect. Our wedding, would not have been the small and intimate wedding that we envisioned, without Reverend Suzi..
Reverend Suzi McKinleyReverend Suzi McKinley
Traci B.
Our ceremony was GREAT! She was very responsive to each message, very prompt, and very understanding when I had little issue the day of our wedding. I am looking forward s to utilizing her on our year anniversary because we were very satisfied with her as our officiate!
Farrell's Daughter ServicesFarrell's Daughter Services
Aziz M.
It was truly an Honor and Privilege to have Mr. James as our Wedding Official at our Ceremony. Mr. James took the time to get to know us and put together a beautiful ceremony for all of our Family and Friends to enjoy. He was punctual, kept us updated, and was always with us when we needed him. Highly, Highly Recommended
James WahlJames Wahl
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